Great British Baking Show Biscuit Week 2022 recap
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Who knew something as light and fluffy as a feather would be so controversial The Great British Baking Show?
In this week’s episode of the feel-good baking series — cookie week! — the kitchen was set on fire by a small mistake made by Syabira. The blunder was small, but with stakes as high as those on GBSmay have cost the contestant a shot at Star Baker. But really, it shouldn’t have been as big a deal as it was made out to be.
The technical challenge was tough this week: contestants were tasked with creating the perfect fly cracker. “What is a graveyard fly cracker?” you ask angrily. And I’m. The actual food is a bit more delicious than it looks. With raisins and brown sugar, the Scottish pastry is a fruity treat.
For those not familiar with GBS‘ technical challenges, contestants are given a list of (usually vague) instructions on how to prepare a certain dish. They have to stick to the basics, make identical dishes and try to impress the judges – anonymously. Sometimes, however, confusions arise. Contestants misread the instructions. They forget to add a certain ingredient. They haven’t practiced, and under pressure, baking becomes more complicated.
So when fan favorite Syabira — who, for reference, won Last week’s technique with a killer red velvet cake — had a little blunder, should have been forgiven immediately. Especially considering how beautiful that blunder turned out to be! Instead of plumage white chocolate in milk chocolate, Syabira created white chocolate feathers from scratch and layered them on the cookies.
The result is incredible. Syabira’s feathers are gorgeous, spectacular, unique, fascinating. It’s a small mistake! Furthermore, English is not Syabira’s first language (she is from Malaysia and moved to London in 2013), so her penalty for this slight mistake is harsh. And, again, the feathers are delicious. They are perfect.
However, Paul Hollywood is a harsh critic. While fellow judge Prue Leith had a good laugh over the feathers, Paul was less impressed.
“That’s pretty original,” Prue said with a chuckle.
“It’s ridiculous, it is,” Paul replied. Both agreed that the feathers were not “what we asked for”.
The rest of Syabira’s technique is pretty good; the dough is a little soft, but other than that, stellar baking. But Syabira finishes second to last in the technical challenge, doesn’t take the title of Star Baker (although this week’s winner clearly deserves it!) and endures laughter around the tent over her mistake.
Great British Baking Show viewers are as upset as I am about the whole affair, which should not have cost Syabira a higher ranking in the technical round. Her baking was impeccable and the feathers only added to the dish.
“As a non-brit I feel the need to support all the other non-brits on #GBBO,” one user shared. “ESPECIALLY when they’re doing the wrong thing because of the language barrier, like yeah girls, you’re so right you’ve made it even better to screw up the English language because you’re so valid.”
Perhaps the right thing to do would be to forgive the mistake, blame the language barrier and applaud (rather than laugh at) Syabira for her skills. Justice for Syabira. Next week (and every week after), I’ll be rooting for her again to get that Star Baker spot. And bakers will continue to reach for more descriptive challenge technical instructions.
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